As part of a monthly column written at the official website of the Green Bay Packers, team president Mark Murphy expressed on Saturday that the team would like to retire former quarterback Brett Favre’s number before the his very likely induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.
“It is really just a question of timing in terms of retiring his jersey,” writes Murphy. “The timing has to be right for both Brett and the organization. Brett will be a first ballot Hall of Famer in 2016, and we would like to retire his number prior to his induction.”
Murphy frequently acts as mouthpiece of the organization and has commented many times on the potential of retiring Favre’s number, but this would appear to be the first time he’s publicly placed a timeline on the matter.
While a team can choose to retire a jersey in any manner they choose, most ceremonies take place during a regular-season game because there’s a meaningful environment that creates maximum exposure.
In all likelihood, Favre’s number won’t be retired during the 2013 season. There’s just not enough time to plan for an event of such magnitude. When such an occasion does happen, it will be announced months ahead of time with Favre’s picture printed on the ticket and the publicity machine cranked into overdrive.
Because the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s annual induction ceremony takes place in July, that would leave two seasons worth of games in which Favre’s number will probably be retired, either in 2014 or 2015.
Until that date is announced, be prepared for even more speculation. In almost every interview Favre gives between now and the time it’s announced his number will be retired, he’ll be asked about the matter, which the media will air or publish.
Only until they firm a date for Favre’s number will the cycle of speculation be broken.